almond-butter

Rethink Bedtime Snacks

Try these three options for better sleep.

If you're making time for seven or eight hours of sleep and still waking up tired, low blood sugar levels could be to blame, says Angela Ginn-Meadow, RD, education coordinator for the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in Baltimore.

“A bedtime snack can promote a good night's sleep and help you feel energetic in the morning,” she says. However, it's important avoid anything with too much sugar, since that can cause a spike in insulin levels and lead to tossing and turning, Ginn-Meadow points out. Instead, "the ideal snack is small (three to four bites) and combines complex carbohydrates and lean protein.” 

Here, there options to try.

1. One tablespoon unsweetened almond butter

2. One half of a small apple and one ounce of walnuts

3. Three pita chips with one tablespoon of hummus